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General Construction: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

General Construction: Construction workers build the nation. They make drawings and designs into reality and are responsible for the buildings we work in, the homes we live in and the roads we drive on.

Pennsylvania photo by Ed Yakovich

Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.

CITIES WITH General Construction OPPORTUNITIES IN Pennsylvania

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Everest University
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CAREERS WITHIN General Construction

Building Inspector

Building Inspectors inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Building Inspectors need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to read and understand what has been read.
Construction Worker

Construction Workers perform tasks involving physical labor at building, highway, and heavy construction projects, tunnel and shaft excavations, and demolition sites. Construction Workers need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.